A Song of Courage and Calm
God is our refuge and strength.
He is an ever-present help in time of trouble.
With this as our anthem, we choose courage over fear.
If the earth trembles beneath our feet, and the mountains crumble and are swallowed up by the sea with its roaring, frothing, frenzied waves; yes, even if the peaceable kingdom we were created to inhabit turns on us like a rabid animal, we will remember…
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. There is a holy place, unspoiled by the curse, where the Most High dwells. And being inhabited by the Almighty, this city will never fall. Her walls will never be breeched, her ramparts will never give way, her towers will never topple. God lives there, after all. What harm could come to those who dwell with him?
It may seem like chaos reigns on this planet – nations are in turmoil, whole kingdoms rise and fall – but never forget whose hands are on the controls. God, who spoke the world into existence, can raise his voice again at any point and speak it into oblivion.
This God, the Lord Almighty, is on our side.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
You need not look further than the pages of history to see God’s powerful, protective hand. When everywhere you turn, oppressed people cry out for justice, remember the desolation God brings to those who harm his children. When conflict surrounds you, without and within, remember the God of peace who makes wars cease, breaks the bow and shatters the spear. When you are in the thick of it, bruised and bleeding from yet another blow, remember that God will go to the ends of the earth to fight on your behalf.
“Take a deep breath,” He says.
“Stop your fretting and moaning. Surrender. Be still, and admit that you are not God. I AM.
I will have the last word. I will accomplish my good purposes on the earth, and I will receive glory in the end.”